230-acre wildlife oasis hidden in Little Rock at the William Kirsch Preserve

230-acre wildlife oasis hidden in Little Rock at the William Kirsch Preserve

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PULASKI COUNTY, Arkansas — If you are looking for a quick, quiet nature getaway in the city of Little Rock, this Discover Arkansas is for you!

The William Kirsch Preserve was a complete surprise to the Discover Arkansas team. We had no idea the preserve existed, but certainly enjoyed discovering it. 

It is nestled in the community of Ranch North Woods and at the foot of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It has over 230 acres of land, with awesome views of Pinnacle Mountain. There’s also a 1.2 mile walking trail, biking trails, and a canoe launch.

The land was originally for housing development, but the owners wanted to conserve that wildlife in its natural state. The Nature Conservancy then purchased the land to develop a nature preserve for everyone to use!

Mariel Ruiz biking near Little Rock

Adam Bledsoe

The DA team broke out their bicycles to try the trails for a little off-road action. Be advised, you may want to wear boots or old shoes if you plan on visiting after a rain. However, the wet conditions didn’t slow us down. From observing the Little Maumelle River to hearing the woodpeckers, there was plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature. 

Our favorite part of the day was when we met our new friends who had three awesome, playful dogs. Adam and Mariel thoroughly enjoyed playing fetch with the pooches and vowed to return with their own dogs next time. 

Click here to learn more about the Nature Conservancy’s mission. 

Mariel & Adam meet dogs at nature preserve in Little Rock

Theba Lolley

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